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‘A’ for effort

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 21, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

As a manager, I have always had a lot of time for people who might not be overly talented but who always try their hardest. Highly talented people who won’t ‘put in’ don’t get much time or attention from me. This afternoon a workshop participant told me a story he heard last week that makes […]

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A story of values in action

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 27, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes

It’s grand final week here in Australia. This is when two of the most high profile sports, Australian Rules Football and Rugby League, have their final games to decide who becomes the champions this year. It’s the equivalent of the Superbowl in America or the Champions League Football Final in Europe. My local rugby league […]

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Triggering stories and action through competition

When asked for the secret of his success in the steel industry, American industrialist Charles Schwab (1862-1939) always talked about using praise, not criticism, giving liberal bonuses for work well done, and “appeal[ing] to the American spirit of conquest in my men, the spirit of doing things better than anyone has ever done them before.” […]

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That’s how we do it

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 5, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes

We’ve all heard it. “That’s how we do things around here.” It brooks no argument and is a strong signal that changing the behaviour might be difficult. That is, of course, if you tackle the issue directly. An alternative might be to use this little story that was told by a taxi driver as I […]

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Story triggering – reinforcing beliefs

I did a blog post in February about reconnecting with an old friend of mine, and how she is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. In that post I said I would be sharing some more of her stories, and here is one she shared with me recently. A few years back, I […]

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Memorable, practical and life saving

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 6, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes

I love little simple techniques than are practical, increase understanding and stick in your mind. I wrote about one of these in a book review I did on The Power of Positive Deviance by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin and Monique Sternin. In the book they gave the advice of working with groups; “Let silence speak”. […]

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Similar cultures separated by a common language

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 16, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun, News

I’ve been in San Diego for the past three days – mainly holiday but with two speaking engagements for the annual leadership get-together for Sharp HealthCare. Its one of my biggest ever gigs with over 700 people present for each of the days. At lunch yesterday with some of the folks at Sharp, one of […]

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The most naturally gifted storyteller I have ever met

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 9, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I have just got back from running our first ever Storytelling for Business Leaders course in Wellington, New Zealand last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, had a great group who told some terrific stories, and I am sure taught me as much as they learnt off me! It was also a real treat to […]

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May your festive season be filled with stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 22, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, News

From a story perspective, Christmas is a prolific time of year. As we gather with friends and families we recall the memories of the past and create new stories as presents are unwrapped, as turkeys emerge from the oven (or the Weber BBQ in the Schenk household), as Dads relive past triumphs with a half-century […]

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How we judge stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I found myself watching parliamentary question time today on TV (OK, I was tired. I did yoga for the first time last night). There were lots of questions about when exactly did the leaders of the government and the opposition know about Qantas CEO’s, Alan Joyce, decision to ground his airline. It was a heated […]

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